872: The Power of Grit and Resilience With Jenny Jing Zhu

Jenny Jing Zhu is the author of an upcoming memoir “OVERCOMING” about her journey as an immigrant who created herThe Power of Grit and Resilience With Jenny Jing Zhu own American dream. She founded Lush Décor in 2008, and has turned it into a hundred million dollar home decor company. Jenny traces her success to the many obstacles she faced growing up in a small rural village in China without electricity and emigrating to the U.S. in her twenties only able to speak a few sentences in English.

Jenny shares her story of how she created her 9 figure business with no knowledge in her industry and learning to figure it out on the spot.  She also shares her upbringing, the reason she became an entrepreneur.  Jenny stresses the importance of having grit and resilience when building a business and how that also helps you increase your confidence.  She also shares valuable tips to help you in your own journey to self-confidence.


Jenny Jing Zhu is the founder of Lush Décor.

Cultural Background

Jenny is of Chinese descent.

Favorite Self Confidence Quote

Dreams don’t understand the boundaries or languages, they just need a belief and determination to take flight.

Dreams don't understand the boundaries or languages, they just need a belief and determination to take flight.

Definition of Self Confidence

Self-confidence is the heartbeat that helps you keep on going regardless of the situation.  A collection of memories that help you realize you can weather the storm.

Her Life Before the Discovery of Self Confidence

Growing up in China, Jenny always made her own money starting at the age of six picking up bricks so that she can buy her own ice cubes as a treat.  Jenny always had this fire in her to be independent.  Also, when Jenny learned that a woman from her village became an entrepreneur which inspired her to become an entrepreneur.

When she migrated to the United States, her confidence level went down temporarily since she had to start from the beginning.

The “AHA” Moment

When Jenny decided what she wanted to do as a career, she was inspired by Vera Wang’s wedding dresses and decided to be a fashion designer even though she had no fashion background.  Jenny decided to apply to Fashion Institute of Technology and the program to be a designer was closed for the semester but there was a fashion program for home and textile.  All Jenny had to do was showcase her portfolio to get into the home and textile profile.  Jenny never heard what a portfolio was and decided to go to the store to buy materials and figured out how to create her portfolio.  Because she was able to create it on a whim, she was able to get into the program which led her to becoming an entrepreneur.  She realized even though she had no fashion or art background, she still made it happen just by trying.

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Her Life After the Discovery of Self Confidence

Jenny is able to have a 9 figure business and understands the importance of just trying even if it fails because she can always learn from it.  Being able to say yes to opportunities and trying help her build her confidence as an entrepreneur.

The One Self Confidence Tip For the Listener

Your story, struggles and experiences are unique and powerful.  Self-confidence is like watering your garden to see your harvest, it doesn’t happen overnight.  Draw inspiration from others but never compare yourself to others.  Celebrate all the small wins.  Surround yourself with positive energy and people who will lift you up.

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